People often ask me (and wife Brooks) why we moved to New Zealand.
Two reports in today’s NY Times provide a hint …
The first says that, for the first time in two decades of polling, a majority of Americans (52%) now say it is more important to protect gun ownership rights, while 46% say the priority should be controlled access to firearms. In 2000, only 29% chose gun rights over gun control.
The second says that 50% of Americans now believe that torture of terrorism suspects can ‘often or sometimes’ be justified. In 2005, this percentage was 38%.
Not auspicious trends.
Meantime, the hottest ‘education’ topic in the US news is campus rape and the hottest environmental issue is fracking.
I guess those might be considered reasons for leaving the US, rather than for choosing NZ.
As for that, one important reason was that we thought NZ was ‘clean and green’.
We like to think we still have some ability to influence that.